Breast Augmentation

Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeons located in San Luis Obispo, CA

So many women want to improve the size and shape of their breasts that breast augmentation is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery. Gary Donath, MD, and Danielle E. Giacona, DO, at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in San Luis Obispo, California, have helped many women living in the San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties improve their breasts using their extensive experience and artistic ability to enhance and enlarge their breast profile. To learn more about breast augmentation surgery and how it can improve your appearance, call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Breast Augmentation Q & A

What changes are made during breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is primarily designed to increase breast size. During augmentation, however, your provider can also change the shape of your breasts and improve their symmetry if one breast is smaller than the other.

After pregnancy, or if you’ve lost weight, you may find that your breasts have lost volume. Breast augmentation is a great way to restore them back to their original size or larger. Breast augmentation also improves the appearance of breasts that are disfigured due to trauma or congenital abnormalities.

What decisions will I make before breast augmentation?

Your provider walks you through every decision that must be made about your breast augmentation. You can count on your surgeon to explain all of your options, help you understand how the change will look on your body, and give you time to make choices.

These are a few of the most important decisions you’ll make about your breast augmentation:

Type of breast implant

There are two basic types of breast implants. Both have an outer shell made of silicone, but one contains silicone and the other is filled with saline, which is a sterile saltwater solution.

Saline implants are inserted while they’re deflated, then they’re filled with saline after they’re in place. Their saline filling gives them a firmer feel.

Silicone implants are prefilled with a gel-like silicone. The gel makes them feel more like natural breast tissue.

Implant size

Dr. Donath and Dr. Giacona strive to give each woman the breast size she envisions. It’s important to choose a realistic size, though, because if implants are too large for the amount of existing breast tissue or your natural body size, they can gradually stretch your skin and its supporting connective tissues. As a result, you’ll develop skin damage, sagging breasts, and deformities. 

During your consultation, your surgeon evaluates your skin and body and recommends a range of appropriate implant sizes that meet your expectations and won’t result in long-term problems.

Implant shape

Implants generally come in two shapes, round and teardrop, but both shapes come in a wide variety of sizes.

Implant placement

Your surgeon can place breast implants in front of or behind the chest muscle. They help you decide which placement is best for your natural proportions and the look you want to achieve.

If you’re considering breast augmentation, schedule a consultation to learn more about the surgical procedure and your options. Call Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery or book an appointment online.